CoorsTek Acquires Ballistic Door Panel Producer BLS Textiles
CoorsTek has acquired the assets of BLS Textiles, Inc. of Cambridge, Ontario, and will integrate the production equipment, technology, and existing contracts into its DEW Engineering & Development ULC (DEW) subsidiary. DEW is reportedly a well-established leader in military vehicle armor up-fitting, design, manufacturing and integration. The acquisition extends DEW and CoorsTek vehicle armor solutions to protect officers across a range of police, security, and law enforcement agencies.
With this acquisition, DEW reportedly becomes the only ballistic door panel manufacturer able to pass the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Level III and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) standards for ballistic protection. Specific OEM solutions meeting these industry standards are available for factory and retrofit installation in several of the most popular police sedan and utility models in North America. These ballistic door panels incorporate CoorsTek CeraShield™ ceramic armor into a custom insert that converts a vehicle door into a protective shield.
“We are proud to expand our armor capabilities into the law enforcement sector to help protect those who protect us,” said Ian Marsh, DEW’s president. “Now the combined capabilities of CoorsTek and DEW span the entire process of equipping police, security and military vehicles with armor protection—from the design and manufacture of hard armor systems through turnkey vehicle integration.”